Magnitude 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake

UPDATE July 6: It’s been a long, scary night with hundreds of aftershocks. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Californians whose lives are affected by this earthquake. We are so relieved to hear initial reports of no deaths and no building collapses.

All of us at Jumpstart send wishes of continued safety for residents and responders.

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Buying a House in Earthquake Country: Fault Zones

Finding a house to buy is whirlwind of emotions. It’s important understand how future earthquakes might affect you, and which of the natural hazard disclosures to read closely. This is part one of a three-part series looking at the importance of location, location, location when buying a house in earthquake country.

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What Affects Earthquake Shaking?

When an earthquake strikes, the intensity of earthquake shaking determines the damage severity. In turn, the main factors affecting earthquake shaking intensity are earthquake depth, proximity to the fault, the underlying soil, and building characteristics—particularly height. Let’s take a look at the latter two (soil and buildings) and how they interact.

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